Sweet history of doughnuts

POSTED: 11:24 AM PDT Jun 07, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jun 02, 2016 

In honor of Friday's National Doughnut Day, take a look at the history of this deep-fried treat.

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Legend has it the hole in the doughnut came about in 1847 when the Dutch sailor Capt. Hanson Gregory speared a doughnut his mother made on one of the handles of his steering wheel to free his hands. That happy accident got rid of the uncooked center, and the hole became a doughnut mainstay (Though it should be noted Gregory later claimed he cut out the center deliberately.)


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